Master’s Programme in Mathematics
Our Master’s programme in mathematics builds on the abilities, methods and knowledge you can be expected to have acquired during a six-semester Bachelor’s programme in mathematics at a university like TU Darmstadt. The programme will enable you to use and develop mathematics in both your job and society independently, scientifically and responsibly. We also focus on preparing you for scientific work of your own.
The Master’s programme is also composed of various subjects. In addition to mathematics and business mathematics which continue the subjects taught on the Bachelor’s programme, there is an interdisciplinary option involving a non-mathematical specialisation which allows you to focus more on a subsidiary subject. As of the winter semester 2018/19, we will also be offering an M.Sc. in Mathematics entirely in in English.
Visit Teaching Modules for details on the range of courses in the coming semesters.
You will find information on our Master’s programme in the Informationen der Zentralen Studienberatung from which the linked overviews of study programmes are taken.
The two mathematical specialisations build on the key areas of the seven mathematical research fields covered by the Bachelor’s course and allow you to tackle current research topics in the respective fields.
Generally, in the two mathematical seminars the knowledge you have acquired in the specialisations is applied to a concrete research topic. This usually generates themes for your Master’s thesis.
The specialist area comprises the mathematical subsidiary area, which gives you the opportunity to explore other fields of mathematics or expand your chosen specialisations, and the subsidiary subject, which usually involves greater specialisation in the subsidiary you chose for your Bachelor’s degree.
The cross-disciplinary area includes the cross-disciplinary elective, which allows you to acquire practical skills by doing an external work placement, for example, or running a support class, and the Studium Generale, which enables you to explore completely different facets of academia or acquire additional cross-disciplinary skills.
One mathematical specialisation is combined with one non-mathematical specialisation. This means you can specialise in a subsidiary from your Bachelor’s course so that you are able to pursue interdisciplinary Master’s studies.
In the non-mathematical specialisation, you will attend one seminar (or similar) and one mathematical seminar.
In addition to the non-mathematical specialisation you will study the same subject, or another, as a subsidiary subject.
Just as in the Mathematics Course, the mathematical specialisation and the cross-disciplinary area offer you the chance to expand your own scientific horizons.
The cross-disciplinary elective allows you to acquire practical skills by doing an external work placement, for example, or running a support class. The Studium Generale enables you to explore completely different facets of academia or acquire additional cross-disciplinary skills.
This subject is similar to that with a non-mathematical specialisation and usually continues on from a Bachelor’s degree in business mathematics. As in the Bachelor’s course, the mathematical training focuses on areas of particular relevance to applications in economics.
A mathematical specialisation in stochastics or optimisation is combined with a non-mathematical specialisation in economics.
In the business informatics subsidiary you can build on the foundations of informatics acquired in your Bachelor’s course and round them off with special modules on business informatics.
The cross-disciplinary area includes the cross-disciplinary elective and the Studium Generale. They allow you to gain practical experience by doing an external work placement, for example, or running a support class (cross-disciplinary elective) and to acquire cross-disciplinary skills, irrespective of your specialisation or subsidiary subject (Studium Generale).
Choosing and Changing Subjects
When you submit an application you choose a subject, that is, mathematics, interdisciplinary mathematics or business mathematics.
If you decide you would like to change subject during the first semester, please consult the Office for Student Affairs during opening hours. For all other matters and advice, please turn to the academic support services. If you have already completed work that contributes to examination outcomes but that will not be relevant after changing subjects, you may only change once.
For all the important material, such as the University Regulations applying to this course, visit the download area.